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  1. Very happy to see him back winning again. When his game's on song he's a glorious player to watch.
  2. At current government expenditure rate Saudi needs $100 a barrel to break even. And that's before the massive pension surge that's surge coming when all the people born in the oil boom times of the 60s and early 70s reach reach retirement. At $60 a barrel the country is hemorrhaging money.
  3. Funny you should mention him. I'm currently moving house,and sorting through stuff today I came across a Ledbetter boxed DVD set. It hasn't seen the light of day for a good few years because the last one I watched, on the short game, somehow induced a shank into my shot repertoire that took me fully 18 months to get rid of. And even now, I'm thinking I shouldn't be talking about it. Pure poison...
  4. A league would be dull as ditch water to watch (and to play in) One of the great things about golf is that the unexpected can always happen and anyone on their day can play a blinder. The format of a league could only have been dreamed up by someone who's never stood up on the first tee with hope in their heart....
  5. It's been coming for a long time. Never mind Reed's character, it's irrelevant here. Golf isn't a long distance spectator sport, players are frequently closely surrounded by fans while they're playing, and it's not right that they should have to endure personal abuse. Organizers and officials have been far too lax for far too long with louts and idiots who are bringing the manners of the stadium spectator to the golf course. Unless something is done to weed these people out it won't be too long before golf spectators find themselves watching the game corralled behind barriers, 50 yards from
  6. There's another point here. By being such a cheapskate Kuchar has done serious damage to the image of golf,and the professional game in particular.
  7. I can't get into the minds of people like Kuchar. At at insignificant cost to himself he has the opportunity to make somebody who has helped him fantastically happy. Does he? No. Instead he nickel and dimes the guy. It's a kind of mental illness.
  8. Not really idiotic. Phil relies on being able to play his clever escape shots from trouble, and that wasn't an option in France. He said it was a waste of his time. And it was. He couldn't play the course as it was set up.
  9. And there's the problem. Shouting 'fore' is pointless if half the people have no idea what it means. They need to come up with some other more universally recognized danger signal.
  10. I think your point is a good one, and I don't disagree with it. What someone is going to say about risk mitigation is that a seatbelt might not save your life in a 100mph car crash but you put it on anyway. Could it be seen as negligent if a ball was knowingly hit towards a crowd of people and there was nothing done (even in vain) to alert them? If you hit it towards a crowd and just pick up your tee peg because it's far away or noisy that might not be good enough in a French court. Right, so now we're basically saying "He should have yelled even if it made no difference because legally
  11. Standing down range and having people drive golf balls in your direction is hazardous enough. But it almost certainly becomes even more dangerous when the people down range probably don't know what's going on. A shout of 'Fore!' would have anyone who plays the game themselves ducking and covering in an instant, but a Frenchwoman who's flown in from Egypt to watch the spectacle and who in all likelihood has never set foot on a golf course in her life before probably just stood there looking back at the tee wondering what it meant. I read in the newspaper today she's claiming that there was no
  12. .. would you pick? My pick would be Charley Hoffman. He has problems sustaining over 72 holes, but over 18 he can play up a storm and seems like a people's person. Just what you need for the format.
  13. On another forum I commented at the time that Sergio's game has always been very much affected by what's going on between his ears, and that this season his mind seemed to have more on his domestic and home life than it was on the Tour. But - his mind would be fully focused for the Ryder Cup and a series of 18 hole matches and that Bjorn had it right.
  14. As a European supporter, Webb Simpson was a worry. Someone who putts as well as he does can just destroy you in match play.
  15. Just watched the European post-competition press conference. It seems that before the match the players got an undertaking from Thomas B that if they won he'd have the winning score tattooed on himself. The journalist asks where the tattoo was going to be and Thomas says "somewhere only Grace is going to see it!" But then he thinks for a moment and says, "but these guys are going to want a photo as proof, and then you're all going to get to see it too.....the worst decision I ever made!' It was funny to watch.
  16. It will Mr Inspiration.... Steve Stricker. 3-7-1 record. Good luck! Sure but the problem is everyone of age/time in their career for being considered, likely has a losing record due to the US losing 9/12 or whatever it is now. If they really wanted to think outside the box, there is one obvious choice: Butch Harmon He knows all of them, has been or is a coach/consultant to them and would have their respect. And I don't think anywhere it says they have to pick a player/former player. Pretty sure Butch was/is a card carrying PGA professional* too. *Note I don't mean PGA Tour, but PGA Pro.
  17. Rahm played very well and Tiger missed a few putts that he'd normally bury - and Rahm won on the 17th. A pretty even game to be honest. Rahm played very well and Tiger missed a few putts that he'd normally bury - and Rahm won on the 17th. A pretty even game to be honest.
  18. I just saw on the TV that eight of the European team came up through the challenge tour. In Poulter's book he describes the busiy of sharing cars, rooms, food, etc because nobody has any money and everyone mucks in together. And it seems to be that the Euro players naturally slip back into that kind of cameraderie when they get together like it's a trip down memory lane for them. They look like they genuinely enjoy each other's company and the whole craic. The Americans don't seem to have that shared experience to fall back on. And it shows in the results on the course.
  19. I thought Bryson was unlucky. And he showed a lot of guts taking Noren down 18. He can hold his head up. Unlucky with the putter for sure (Bryson burned a lot of edges), but he hit some real stinker shots both off the tee and into greens during that alternate shot match with Tiger. Yes, well he was unlucky with his pairing too. Nobody seems to shine playing with Tiger.
  20. I thought Bryson was unlucky. And he showed a lot of guts taking Noren down 18. He can hold his head up.
  21. I don't think Phil will. The course is too tight and the rough too hostile. There are no miraculous recovery shots to be had from that stuff.
  22. The Americans seem to be cursed by poor captaincy. Some of the pairings that Furyk put out were borderline bizarre. And why pick Mickelson? You KNOW the course will he set up tight.
  23. It's hard to play miraculous recovery shots from this rough. If you're in there, it's more times than not going to cost you a shot.
  24. I think the Americans feel about like I do. The Ryder cup is a spectacle and not near as important as a major. The Euros see it as taking down a giant if they win. The classic loser's excuse - 'I didn't care anyway'.
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